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Restructuring the Robotics Laboratory and Enhancing the Robotics Curriculum at RIT

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Automation Subjects in Manufacturing Education

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22.1248.1 - 22.1248.10



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Christopher M. Greene Rochester Institute of Technology

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Assistant Professor in Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology. Dr. Greene’s primary areas of research are in manufacturing systems, quality engineering, engineering education and the electronics manufacturing domain. Dr. Greene has also participated in several funded engineering education programs aimed at advancing opportunities in Alabama’s Black Belt. Dr. Greene worked previously as a manufacturing scientist in the Micro-Electronics Division of IBM.

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Scott J. Anson P.E. P.E. Rochester Institute of Technology

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Dr. Anson is the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program Chair and Associate Professor, in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to joining RIT, he spent eight years in industry conducting failure analysis and process development, including Design of Experiments (DOE) and other statistical analysis techniques in the field of electronics manufacturing. He has conducted applied research in surface mount technology (SMT) and electronics packaging for the past 17 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Systems Science as well as both a M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

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Restructuring the Robotics Laboratory and Enhancing the Robotics Curriculum at RIT Christopher M. Greene, Christopher Villareale, Scott J. Anson Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Department Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 14623, USAThe Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology department at the RochesterInstitute of Technology has been involved in an ongoing effort to improve its junior/senior/graduate level Robotics in Manufacturing laboratory and curriculum. The previous laboratoryprovided interesting challenges for the students to be able to get into the laboratory space andeffectively use the equipment. The new laboratory exercises incorporate research of selectedrobotics topics, new laboratory equipment, part/process design, and process improvement. Thecurriculum restructuring involves the integration of previous laboratories exercises with newexercises on existing equipment and the new equipment using manufacturing philosophies suchas lean, agile, and 5S improvement (in the laboratory space). The paper will describe theenhanced laboratory curriculum and how the manufacturing systems techniques were utilized torealize significant beneficial restructuring.

Greene, C. M., & Anson, S. J. (2011, June), Restructuring the Robotics Laboratory and Enhancing the Robotics Curriculum at RIT Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18835

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